A native of Toronto, Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards, is a three time winner of "Best Standup Comic" by Toronto's 'Now' magazine, and received a Gemini-nomination for her one-hour comedy special, Big Girl Now. That special also nabbed Gold and Silver Awards at the Worldfest International Film Festival. Kurt also wrote and starred in The Comedy Network series, Elvira Kurt: Adventures in Comedy and her versatility and natural ability as a host and MC have made her the 'go to' choice for the network's many televised events such as its 5th Anniversary Special featuring Jon Stewart, the Cream of Comedy and the March of Dames, to name a few. She's also guest starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation, performed in the Vagina Monologues and has been featured in several comedy films, most recently the award winning Laughing Matters...More! Yet, despite the accolades and mainstream success, Elvira always enjoys doing live shows, especially at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for, as her mother calls them, "da gays."
One of North America's hottest college acts, Elvira Kurt has been nominated as both U.S. College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year. In her spare time, Kurt performs at clubs all over North America including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, Caroline's, Comic Strip Live, Catch a Rising Star and Stand Up New York. She's also played The House of Blues in LA and appears regularly in Las Vegas.
No slouch when it comes to writing for others, Kurt contributed to the CBS pilot and HBO special for Ellen DeGeneres and has written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and various awards shows.
As part of her ongoing modest quest for worldwide comedy domination Elvira is now a dual citizen of both Canada and the U.S. Of course, to her Eastern European immigrant parents all this means is that she can now officially be a disappointment to them in two countries.